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Tuscarora State Forest Advisories

Tuscarora Closures Due to COVID-19

Please see the DCNR alert details regarding state forest closures due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is an always fatal disease to deer and elk, has been detected in all or portions of Tuscarora State Forest.

Hunters should be aware of special rules and regulations that apply to deer harvested within the Disease Management Area (DMA). It is recommended that those deer be tested for the disease.

More information about CWD can be found on the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture websites. In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides information about deer processors in the DMA.

Gunter Reservoir Road Closure

Gunter Reservoir Road and the associated parking area are closed to public use for construction on Gunter Dam as of July 27, 2018. The project is to begin within the next 10 days.

Heavy Truck Traffic

Visitors can expect to encounter pipeline construction activity in the South Block from Horse Valley Road to Route 233.

Volunteer Opportunities

Download, fill out, and submit these forms to participate in volunteer projects in Tuscarora State Forest. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Dave Aurand at the district office at 717-536-3191.

Adopt a Campsite (PDF)
Adopt a Trail ​(PDF)
Adopt a Vista (PDF)
Big Spring Picnic Area Oversight (PDF)
Flat Rock Trail Erosion Control Project (PDF)
Flat Rock Trail Maintenance (PDF)
Hemlock Trail Maintenance (PDF)
Patterson Run Trail Maintenance (PDF)
Rim Trail Maintenance (PDF)
River Island Campsites (PDF)

Don’t Move Firewood

To help protect the forest from invasive insects that can kill trees and devastate the ecosystem, please do not transport firewood over long distances. Firewood can harbor insects such as emerald ash borer. Cut or purchase your firewood where you intend to burn it.